Remember awhile back I mentioned that Mr. Newman and I had watched The Great British Bake off and that I was going to try to recreate some of those recipes? Well today I bring you one of those recipes. Hurrah!
So in this episode of me trying to recreate these fantastic recipes made by amateurs, which really are they amateurs? If they can make great looking breads, cakes and things out of sugar in 3 hours I don’t think they are. I think they’re hiding something. I think they all really went to culinary school and they’re just playing dumb.
So in the second episode of Series 5 they made a tiramisu. Yum. Well. In some people’s eyes, mine, not so much. I love the idea of tiramisu, but I’m not a huge fan of things being soaked or coated or what have you with coffee. Don’t get me wrong, I love coffee. I must have it every morning to function. But I like my coffee with everything in it to make it taste good. Ok, maybe not everything, just stuff like milk and sugar to make it taste yummy. I know what’s the point of the coffee then. Plus, I’d be the only one that would eat this and that can’t happen.
So, I made an alternative to a tiramisu that I’d like. 🙂
The original recipe that I went to recreate the tiramisu called for lady fingers. I could not find lady fingers for the life of me in the stores in my area. So I improvised and decided to use a sponge cake, because the recipe from The Great British Bake Off uses a sponge cake. And really, the sponge cake isn’t that difficult to make either. What you need for it is what you see in the picture below.
Seriously. Sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla. Couldn’t be any easier.
The only thing with the sponge cake, is that you have to beat your eggs, sugar and vanilla for like 10 minutes in your stand mixer. My mixer. *sigh* My poor poor mixer, I think is on its last days. Anyway, you wanna mix it until its pale yellow and the batter doesn’t “fall” when you pull the beater. I tried really hard to get a decent picture of this and it just wasn’t happening.
After you’ve added in your sifted flour pour the batter into a pan that has been sprayed with baking spray or buttered and floured.
Bake for about 30 minutes and cool off.
While the cake cools you can prep the rest of the items that is needed for the tiramisu. I really picked probably the worst time to do a dessert that involves fruit, fresh fruit no less. I hate winter. I’m so counting down the days until spring. It’s 40 days from now. See I told you I was counting it down.
Sprinkle some sugar and lemon/lime juice on top of your sliced strawberries and give it a good mix and set them aside.
Here’s the topping. Mmmmm cool whip.
Here’s how this works. Torte the cake when it’s all nice and cool. Pour some oj on top of each layer of it, let it soak in the goodness.
Slap some of that pink filling goodness that I completely forgot to take a picture of.
Add a layer of the strawberries and cool whip topping.
I think it tastes like shortcake, which I don’t mind, I love that stuff.
Simple and delicious. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day dessert. Check out the full recipe below!
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